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Making Of 'VT-61'

By Victoria Passariello
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Date Added: 21st April 2011
Software used:
3ds Max, Photoshop, V-Ray, ZBrush, Misc

Sculpting

Once that process was done (smoothing groups) with every piece, I proceeded to sculpt all the details. It is very important to mention that I worked on each piece separately for a better handle of the sculpture.
Note: Since I made the base mesh in Max, I didn't sculpt any shape from scratch. I divided each piece eight times to have between at least seven and nine millions polygons, enough for very well-made details.

Now, I will show you one piece as an example and the alphas and brushes I used for it. Remember to always use Store Morph Target before making the details so you will always be able to come back to your flat model if you are not happy with a particular detail:

1. I made all lines and cuts with the Slash3 brush (Fig.11)

2. I used Masks and Inflat in positive or negative value for everything I wanted to take up or down and finally different alphas were used in the desired parts (Fig.12). I also used some Planar brushes here and there.

3. The last step was adding some damage. I made them with Mallet Fast brush for knocks and the Slash1 brush for scratches (Fig.13).

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Fig. 12

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Fig. 13

This was basically what I did piece by piece and with everything put together, VT-61 now looked like the following images (Fig.14 - 15). Once I finished that, I used Decimation Master and brought the new mesh into Max where I made better topology for each piece. Then, I imported the new topology meshes into UV Layout for unwrapping. Next, I came back into Max to project the Normal and AO maps from the Decimated meshes. I got the AO map by applying into the Decimated mesh a V-Ray light material with a Dirt map and baking down the texture. I then projected that texture into the topology mesh. Here is the topo mesh with AO and Normal maps (Fig.16).

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Fig. 14



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Fig. 15




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(ID: 207747, pid: 0) Nacho Hm on Fri, 19 July 2013 1:12pm
Great work right here, i suppose is nice to come up with a design and be able to take to this cool 3d robot!! hehe, thanks for share this great and easy to follow tutorial, very helpful. Keep it up!! Nacho.
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(ID: 96224, pid: 0) Plax on Mon, 19 March 2012 9:51pm
Nice work, thanks for the sharing the process.
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(ID: 44157, pid: 0) Ian on Fri, 10 June 2011 6:49am
I wish I could come up with good ideas I feel like I always have trouble with it but good work
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(ID: 163894, pid: 861601) Vitrux (Forums) on Thu, 09 June 2011 8:08pm
Thank you Mateys! really glad that you like it :dance:
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(ID: 44122, pid: 861601) Vitrux (Forums) on Thu, 09 June 2011 8:08pm
Thank you Mateys! really glad that you like it :dance:
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(ID: 42614, pid: 0) Andrea on Mon, 16 May 2011 7:49am
Brava!!! Great concept and great model, I love it!
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(ID: 40761, pid: 0) LG on Fri, 22 April 2011 9:09am
Great Job, thx for sharing!
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